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Short-term structured play therapy with the latency-aged child of divorce

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Delft, Willem Friedemann en Venter, Catharina en 2009-08-25T11:03:05Z 2009-08-25T11:03:05Z 2009-08-25T11:03:05Z 2006-06-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Venter, Catharina (2009) Short-term structured play therapy with the latency-aged child of divorce, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to develop and test the efficacy of a short-term structured play therapy treatment program for latency-aged children of divorce between six and twelve years of age. Following parental divorce latency-aged children often manifest disturbed emotional and behavioural functioning in several areas of their lives including issues such as self-image problems and poor academic functioning. In many instances, problems are acute and necessitate effective help in a relatively short time. Several play therapy modalities exist for children with some focusing on problems stemming from divorce. However, due to their complex, unstructured and lengthy nature, most of the treatment programs reviewed were relatively ineffective for most social workers. Increasingly families have little time and/or limited financial resources to commit to long-term therapy. A literature review showed a clear need for a shorter, less complex treatment program to solve the problem of limited finances and time constraints of parents seeking help for their children. A seven-stage, short-term structured play therapy program was developed for this study, including a pre-and post-treatment assessment, which focused on the main areas of dysfunction prominent among latency-aged children of divorce. The program was implemented by treating a female latency-aged child from a divorced family. The findings showed that the short-term structured play therapy program developed for this study appears to be effective in dealing with necessary and important psychological tasks facing children of divorce. The treatment program worked effectively with a female latency-aged child and facilitated psychological and emotional movement in a relatively short period of time. For social workers specialising in child play therapy the treatment program will be easy to use since all activities are clearly structured and explained with materials utilised in the sessions easy to obtain. As such, it could be a necessary and effective addition to the social work profession. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vi, 242 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Play therapy en
dc.subject Short-term play therapy en
dc.subject Child therapy en
dc.subject Divorce en
dc.subject Latency-aged en
dc.subject Structured play therapy en
dc.subject Cognitive-behavioural play therapy en
dc.subject Child-centered play therapy en
dc.subject Play techniques en
dc.subject Single-system design en
dc.subject Intervention research en
dc.subject Child assessment en
dc.subject.ddc 618.92891653
dc.subject.lcsh Divorced parents -- Family relationships
dc.subject.lcsh Children of divorced parents -- Psychology
dc.subject.lcsh Children of divorced parents -- Family relationships
dc.subject.lcsh Single-parent families
dc.subject.lcsh Parent and child
dc.subject.lcsh Play therapy
dc.subject.lcsh Child psychology
dc.subject.lcsh Families -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions in children
dc.title Short-term structured play therapy with the latency-aged child of divorce en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Social Work en D. Phil. (Social Work) en

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